On the road to a Rose City business boom
TOOWOOMBA'S Second Range crossing may provide an unexpected boost to Warwick's economy as drivers vow to circumnavigate toll fares.
After Queensland Transport Minister Mark Bailey revealed it could cost trucks up to $22.85 and cars $2.30 to use the road, many Queensland drivers lashed out, with some saying they would start to use the New England Highway from Warwick to Toowoomba instead to avoid the cost.
Faced with the possibility of more motorists, Warwick store managers including Sunakshi Verma, welcomed what the traffic could mean for Warwick.
Mrs Verma, who manages Tandoor on Warwick on Albion St, said most of her customers were motorists already and that an increase in traffic could lead to a boost in business.
"We've already got so many customers going past from Jumpers and Jazz and a lot of that traffic was from Toowoomba," Mrs Verma said.
"I really believe that more traffic is good for our business.
"We get a lot of really new customers from the road but not a lot of Warwick locals in this cold weather."
But residents were less sure about the possible influx.
Tim Anderson worried more drivers would lead to heavy traffic and damaged roads.
"As long as it doesn't end up like Toowoomba I wouldn't mind," Mr Anderson said.
"Warwick has everything you need, and if it doesn't you go to Toowoomba.
"I don't want Toowoomba coming to us."
The toll will come into effect three months after the crossing's September 8 opening.